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BREAKING: Islanders Fire Lane Lambert, Hire Patrick Roy As New Head Coach



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After months of blown leads, soft penalty killing, and fans calling for change, New York Islanders president of hockey operations and general manager Lou Lamoriello went ahead and made one. A massive one.

The Islanders have relieved Lane Lambert of his head coaching duties and hired Patrick Roy as his replacement.

Lambert was named the head coach of the Islanders in May of 2022, moving up from being an assistant coach under Barry Trotz with the team for four years. In a year and a half as the head coach of the Islanders, Lambert amassed a record 61-46-20 and led the team to a playoff appearance in 2023.

In Lambert’s place, Roy takes over as the 15th head coach in franchise history.

The Hall of Fame goalie won the Memorial Cup as the head coach of the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL last season. From 2013-16, Roy was the head coach of the Colorado Avalanche, winning the Jack Adams Award in his first season with the club and putting together a 130-92-24 record in three seasons.

The Islanders are currently in the midst of a four-game losing streak following a loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in overtime last night. Overall, they’re 19-15-11 this season and currently sit in sixth place in the Metropolitan Division and two points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Islanders’ first game under  Roy will be tomorrow night against the Dallas Stars at UBS Arena at 7:30 p.m. EST.

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